The canvas stood mocking me in my living room. For three years. Or four.

Today is the day I begin.

It’s not that I haven’t done oil painting before, it’s just at that time an art teacher helped me. When my fruit was lopsided, she explained how to straighten them. When the grapes didn’t have the right light, she mixed the colors and moved her brush lightly around the edges and poof–they were brilliant.

I sharpened a pencil, pulled out the photograph of the lake across the street, and drew even checkerboard lines. Then what? I folded the picture and decided my perspective.

I’m not even sure what that means, except that in art, it’s important. Still, I hesitated. Where to begin?

It’s like that in life, too. On the way to Starbucks to write, I travelled a different road. When I arrived, they’d renovated. My comfy seat was replaced by a twelve foot sturdy table with heavy chairs. I’m staring out the window of a busy street while scores of Scientologists in light shirts and dark pants scurry past with clipboards and folders.

I wonder what their perspective is.Two young women in work-out clothes study four chairs away. What are they studying? One girl with highlighted hair is plugged in to her computer. I wonder what’s playing.

I remember sitting at this coffee shop several years ago while my father lay in a rehab a mile away. Because of diabetes, his leg cut above the knee. I could hardly bear the sorrow. My perspective has changed dramatically since then. I’m older. I hope, wiser.

Sometimes, I’m still sorrowful. Discontent. Like today.

When I really think about it, my perspective is that I’m unhappy with the way God is running the universe.

That’s a dangerous perspective. A horrendous perspective. If 99% of the world knew my situation, they’d slap me. I have nothing to complain about.

So I go to God’s Word, the Bible. He sees my lop-sided fruit and makes it right. He shines His light on areas that are dark, and they’re brilliant.

I’m feeling better already.

I think I’ll go paint.

3 Comments on "Perspective"

  1. Tina Yeager says:

    Love your site, and will be glad to tweet your artful post:).

  2. Renee Eaton says:


  3. Pauline Hylton says:

    Thanks Tina and Renee. I appreciate the tweet….

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